Karnataka has formed a separate panel which will finalise on the flag for the State. The move was condemned by the opposition parties but that did not deter the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to form a panel consisting of 9 members who were entrusted with the task of submitting a report on designing a separate flag for the state and providing a legal standing for it.
Only Jammu and Kashmir has a separate flag under Article 370 of the Constitution so far.
The committee was formed after the representation from noted Kannada writer and journalist Patil Puttappa, and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada. It wll be headed by the principal secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture. The panel comprises secretaries to the departments of Personnel and Administrative Services, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, as also president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, chairman of Kannada Development Authority, and vice-chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, as its members.
It is to be noted here that Sadananda Gowda-led BJP government in 2012 had informed the Karnataka High Court that it has not accepted the suggestions to declare the bi-colour Kannada flag as the state’s official flag since it would be against the unity and integrity of the country.
When the reporters raised the issue of having an own flag for the State, CM Siddaramaiah said “Is there any provision in the Constitution? Have you come across any provision in the Constitution? Did BJP people come across the provision? Then why they are raising?”